Dawn of a New Day « Ray Ozzie To: Executive Staff and direct reports Date: October 28, 2010 From: Ray Ozzie Subject: Dawn of a New Day Five years ago, having only recently arrived at the company, I wrote The Internet Services Disruption in order to kick off a major change management process across the company. In the opening section of that memo, I noted that about every five years our industry experiences what appears to be an inflection point that results in great turbulence and change. In the wake of that memo, the last five years has been a time of great transformation for Microsoft. In the realm of the service-centric ‘seamless OS’ we’re well on the path to having Windows Live serve as an optional yet natural services complement to the Windows and Office software. And in the realm of what I referred to as our ‘services platform’, I couldn’t be more proud of what’s emerged as Windows Azure & SQL Azure. Our products are now more relevant than ever. The past five years have been breathtaking. Complexity kills. Ray
The Age Of Relevance Editor’s note: This is a guest post submitted by Mahendra Palsule, who has worked as an Editor at Techmeme since 2009. Apart from curating tech news, he likes analyzing trends in startups and the social web. He is based in Pune, India, and you can follow him on Twitter. What’s the Next Big Thing after social networking? This has been a favorite topic of much speculation among tech enthusiasts for many years. The key element of the next big thing is the increasing significance of the Interest Graph to complement the Social Graph. Relevance is the only solution to the problem of information overload. The above matrix is a representation of how the process of online information discovery has evolved over time. Phase I: The Search Dominated Web This is how Google began its dominance over the web two decades ago, using PageRank to surface the most popular web pages as identified by other web pages that linked to them. Phase II: Web 2.0 With Social Bookmarking Phase IV: Personalized Serendipity
Google Reveals its Wildest Invention Ever - 'Project Glass' What do you get when you combine wearable glasses with Augmented reality? You get an amazing piece of technology by Google! Google has revealed ‘Project Glass’, its latest initiative for developing a wearable display glasses based on Augmented Reality. It is almost similar to what we’ve been seeing in movies for years, like Robocop. Augmented what? Augmented Reality is a technology that combines the physical real-world environment with interactive digital data providing you with information. There’s an interesting part in the video at 0:52 seconds where the character asks his glasses to remind him to book tickets for a show. Imagine a future – the glasses will display interactive information hovering in front of your eyes such as today’s weather when you look to the sky, new emails & messages when they arrive, video calls, voice commands and so more in front of your eyes as we had always imagined the future. Find more photos at Project Glass’s Google+ page.
5 Computer Science Awards That Show Us The Future Of Technology They are not the Oscars or the Grammy’s. Heck, they aren’t even the Webbies or the Appy Awards for the man on the street. But just like the relatively obscure names you might have encountered in the list of 10 Famous Geeks Who Changed The World, the computer science awards on this list are doing their own quiet bit to promote innovation and invention. In turn, the innovations and inventions are changing our future. We don’t realize it just yet. Of course, it can be argued that awards and honors always come after the event. IEEE Internet Award The Award: The IEEE Internet Award is a technical award given by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a worldwide (160 countries and 400,000 members) non-profit that promotes advancement of technology. The Impact: Mark Handley received the IEEE Internet Award this year for his contributions to Internet multicast, telephony, congestion control and the shaping of open Internet standards and open-source systems. IEEE Medal of Honor
New spray-on batteries could revolutionize energy storage By Dakota Torres on 07/02/2012 Renewable energy has been one of the most researched topics ever since gas and oil prices have begun to rise and people have paid attention to their effects on the environment. Making your home run on renewable energy can be quite challenging and in some instances (very) expensive, but a research team at Rice University has just discovered a way to make it a lot easier to create energy and even store it. Imagine being able to take a bottle of substance and spray it on a wall of your house. The research, published last week in Nature, uses a new approach to the creation of batteries by using materials that can be spray-painted onto different types of surfaces. Conventional lithium-ion batteries feature a “jelly roll” structure which includes the anode, separator, cathode, and metal foils to collect the charge. Although this battery spray in theory could be adapted for personal hand-held spray cans, there is one limitation.
Dundee University invents Dr Who Sonic Screwdriver Those of you who follow the good doctor’s adventures on the TV (Dr Who, who else? Pardon the pun though) will most probably wished to have the Sonic Screwdriver at one time or another, and perhaps truth is stranger than fiction as researchers over at Dundee University have managed to come up with a real life version which would make for a very passable Dr Who Sonic Screwdriver. This particular device will rely on ultrasound to lift and rotate a rubber disc that floats in a cylinder of water, and marks the first time (according to the University) that ultrasound waves have been used to turn objects instead of just pushing them. This particular technique would help make surgery more precise, being able to treat a range of conditions in a patient without carving him or her open. .
How Nvidia’s Kepler chips could end PCs and tablets as we know them Last week, Nvidia launched the first graphics processing unit (GPU) designed for the cloud, dubbed Kepler. Supporting vendors include a who’s who of server providers, such as HP, Dell, Cisco, and IBM — all of which will have products on the market shortly. The whole concept behind these servers is to serve up a desktop experience from the cloud. Let’s talk about some of the results. Gaming from anything On stage at its GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, Nvidia had one person on an iPad gaming head to head with another on a new LG TV using a service called Gaikai. This is often the problem with games: If it comes out on one platform and you or your friends don’t have that platform, not only can’t you play the game, the developer gets a fraction of the available revenue. This is truly cloud computing, though Nvidia calls it GeForce Grid. Windows on an iPad Well, what if you could run Windows on a Mac, or an iPad, or anything that would host a tiny client? Galaxy-class performance
Apple Helmet Jumps In Augmented-Reality Race Thanks to Moe Howard of the "Three Stooges," it used to be that sporting a bowl cut was quickest way to fashion yourself a helmet-headed moron. Lloyd Christmas, anyone? But now, thanks to Justin Bieber's old do, an even shaggier version of the bowl cut has swept across the nation and Goofus has now become Gallant. Same goes for techie geeks. Suddenly, donning a wearable computer doesn't have the geeky stigma it once did, unless, of course, you work at a McDonald's in Paris. Not to be left to eat Google's dust, Apple has joined the race and they've drawn inspiration from the bowl cut. The patent's drawing shows what looks to be a bowl over the wearer's head with eyewear that extends over one eye. Most of the patent seems to detail improvements of the resolution of images seen through the eyewear. Here's the patent's abstract overview: There are provided apparatuses and methods for increasing the pixel density of a digital display through mechanical actuation. via Phys.org
Recorded Future Attempts To Unlock The Predictive Power Of The Web Startup Recorded Future scans the Internet for references about future events so you don't have to. What’s going to happen tomorrow? What about next week or next year? Recorded Future says they can tell you. No, they don’t claim to be psychics. The strategy behind Recorded Future’s techno-soothsaying is different from software that can pinpoint with certain probability the location of a future crime, for example. The information is intended to serve a practical purpose. Their 70,000 sources on the web range from big media and government web sites to individual blogs, and social media such as selected Twitter streams. Similar to Google Knowledge, Recorded Future takes unstructured text and puts it in context of the real world, drawing relationships between unassociated text. (Source: Recorded Future) A metric scores the “momentum” of people or events in the news based on how many times they’re mentioned on the web, gauging the likelihood that something’s actually going to happen.